Varnish is a hard, glossy, resin that you brush on by hand on a surface as a protective coating.
An example of varnish is the glossy liquid that you paint onto a tabletop.
Varnish is defined as a smooth manner of a person.(noun)
An example of varnish is the fancy quality of an educated gentleman.
To varnish is to brush on a clear protective coating.(verb)
An example of to varnish is to finish building a birdhouse and then paint it with clear sealant.
To varnish is defined as to give something or an idea a smooth or polished appearance.(verb)
An example of to varnish is to ignore the problems in an organization and only concentrate on the positive aspects, thus making the problems appear to go away.
See varnish in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME vernisch < OFr verniz < ML veronix, veronice, a resin < Gr Berenikē (now Benghazi), ancient city in Cyrenaica
See varnish in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English vernisshe
Origin: , from Old French vernis
Origin: , from Medieval Latin veronix, vernix, sandarac resin
Origin: , from Medieval Greek verenikē
Origin: , from Greek Berenikē, Berenice (Benghazi), an ancient city of Cyrenaica.
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